Donald Trump tax: Leaked 2005 document angers White House

Tonight, Rachel Maddow unveiled a document that reporters nationwide have been trying to hunt down for months-President Donald Trump's federal tax returns, or at least part of one return.

The White House released the statement before Maddow went on the air, and she said her staff asked the administration to verify the documents as authentic.

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This, as Maddow noted, raises questions about Trump's claim that his being under audit is the reason he hasn't released the returns.

The two-page document, shown on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show in the USA on Tuesday night, also showed that Trump declared $103 million in losses, but showed no income sources for his earnings. According to Maddow, the tax returns were given to her by reporter David Johnston who said they had turned up unexpectedly in his mailbox.

Maddow tweeted that the discussion will focus on Trump's 1040 forms - which report an individual's gross income - from 2005.

Mr Trump has steadfastly refused to release his full tax returns, breaking with decades of tradition among presidential candidates of all political parties.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump called for the elimination of the alternative minimum tax (AMT), which is a tax created to make sure that all taxpayers pay a certain amount even if they manage to reduce their tax liability.

The documents came through the mail and Johnson said it's possible the president leaked his own documents.

Ahead of the November election, The New York Times published what it said were leaked tax filings from 1995 that revealed a deficit big enough for Trump not to pay federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

Johnston, however, did not provide evidence for that theory and argued later that the White House's response suggested the President was displeased with the release.

The official said that Mr Trump also paid "tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes and this illegally published return proves just that".

While the president may have paid fewer taxes than he qualified for, some Trump supporters are seeing the news in a positive light.

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